The best and worst Bucs’ off-seasons by the year

July 26, 2016 general

Tuesday, 6 a.m. Some gotta win. Some gotta lose. Some run across the goal line. Others chase. Some make the tackle. Some miss. And so it goes. The NFL is the definition of Newton’s law of action and reaction. There is good and bad, catches and drops, touchdowns and interceptions.There are runs and stumbles. There […]

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What if Dungy had never left Tampa Bay?

February 9, 2016 general

Tuesday, 6 a.m. If he had stayed here, would he have ended up there? If the firing had never happened, if the Glazers didn’t have their secret little deal with Bill Parcells, a man they swore they had never heard of, if they hadn’t later given away the farm to acquire Jon Gruden, who in […]

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Kelly’s firing brings up an old lesson in the NFL

December 30, 2015 general

Wednesday, 6 a.m. Not all actors are meant to be producers. Not all singers are meant to lead an orchestra. Not all drill sergeants are destined to be generals. And so the Peter Principle has cost another coach another job with another team. In the end, Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly wasn’t a good enough coach to […]

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10 Bucs’ losses that stung more than Sunday

October 26, 2015 general

Monday, 6 a.m. There was never a loss like this one. Was there? There was never quite such a collapse. Was there? Nothing hurt quite this badly. Did it? Are you kidding? These are the Tampa Bay Bucs, and they have been built upon their own rubble. No one can lose like the Bucs, who […]

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Couldn’t the Bucs use an effort like Alstott’s?

October 5, 2015 general

Monday, 6 a.m. For a running back, there wasn’t a lot of wiggle to his game. That’s okay. There were other guys to wiggle. There were faster guys, and there were sleeker guys, and there were guys who could dance more in the hole. There were guys who gained more yards. There were guys who […]

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Ask the Expert: Jerry Angelo

July 24, 2015 general

Friday, 6 a.m. Jerry Angelo is a former personnel director for the Bucs and former general manager of the Bears. Each week, Angelo answers your questions regarding the NFL. Send your questions to with “ask the expert” in the subject line. The most interesting question will be selected. I have always understood friction between […]

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Collins era was a mistake on all fronts

March 11, 2015 general

Wednesday, 8:25 a.m. Being the worst is a distinction all its own. It is unique, and it is remarkable.Think about it. Of all the bad seasons, of all the bad units, of all the bad Bucs, you bring up the rear. You are the worst. You are the biggest mistake. You are the most terrible […]

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It’s time for Glazers to make a play for Bucs

March 9, 2015 general

Monday, 6 a.m. For the Tampa Bay Bucs, it is time for a playmaker. It is time for assertiveness. It is time to be aggressive. It is time to pursue in packs. And that’s just the Glazers. The Bucs are in their hands. Yeah, I know. In certain years, the Glazers have broken out the […]

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Looking back, Kif never should have left

February 19, 2015 general

SEEKING EMPLOYMENT: Super Bowl winning football coach. Led his team to one of the best defensive eras in the history of the game. Perfected Tampa Two. Has coached Hall of Famers. In all, worked for five college teams and seven pro teams. Alas, I’m 75 next week, although I’m going on 27. * * * […]

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In Tampa Bay, Gruden still the last coach to matter

December 16, 2014 general

Tuesday, 1:53 p.m. His face is frozen in time, his mouth agape in the moment, his eyes narrow with fury. Here, Jon Gruden never gets older. He is captured in mid-exultation, striding forward to pump his fist, extolling his team ever forward. In the statue that stands in the lobby of One Buc Place, he […]

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